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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER In-Depth Review!

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition Review!

NVIDIA spiked the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT launch party by first teasing, and then launching the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER.

A cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2080, it comes with 2560 stream processors and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, at a lower price point!

Find out how it matches up against the competition, and why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Primer

Designed to extend NVIDIA’s performance lead against the new AMD Navi-based graphics cards, the NVIDIA RTX SUPER graphics cards are based on cut-down versions of existing GeForce RTX models.

The GeForce RTX 2060 survives to remain the cheapest RTX card you can buy, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful RTX graphics card that money can buy.

This is how the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series compares to the older NVIDIA GeForce RTX series.

Specifications RTX
2080 Ti
RTX
2080
SUPER
RTX
2080
RTX
2070
SUPER
RTX
2070
RTX
2060
SUPER
RTX
2060
GPU TU102
-300
TU104
-450
TU104
-400
TU104
-410
TU106
-400
TU106
-410
TU106
-200
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2560 2304 2176 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz 1605 MHz 1410 MHz 1470 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1770 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
TMUs 272 192 184 160 144 136 120
Min. Texture Fill Rate 367.2 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 278.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 203.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s 163.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 420.2 GT/s 348.5 GT/s 314.6 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 233.3 GT/s 224.4 GT/s 201.6 GT/s
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64 64 48
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 118.8 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 97.0 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 90.2 GP/s 94.1 GP/s 65.5 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 136.0 GP/s 116.2 GP/s 109.4 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 103.7 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 80.6 GP/s
Tensor Cores 544 384 368 320 288 272 240
RTX-OPS 76 T 63 T 57 T 52 T 42 T 41 T 37 T
Giga Rays/s 10 8 8 7 6 6 5
Memory Size 11 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 250 watts 215 watts 215 watts 175 watts 175 watts 160 watts
Launch Price $999 $699 $699 $499 $499 $399 $349

Recommended : How & Why NVIDIA Calculates RTX-OPS For GeForce RTX!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER has a launch price that starts at $499 / ~£399 / ~€444 / ~RM 2,051. This makes it $100 more expensive than the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2070 SUPER EVO NA NA $1018.02 NA
ASUS TURBO RTX 2070 SUPER EVO OC $1044.23 £569.79 NA RM 2,750
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070S Advanced $584.99 £683.64 $1121.06 RM 2,999
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming $549.99 £539.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Gaming
$629.99 £656.18 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Black Gaming NA £569.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming $519.99 NA NA NA
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX
NA NA $890.02 RM 2,348
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX Gamer Black NA NA $912.09 NA
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2070 SUPER
NA £599.99 $1059.89 RM 2,929
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Gaming OC White $749.99 £569.99 NA RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC
$529.99 £548.99 $984.44 RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Windforce OC
$579.00 £548.99 $950.71 RM 2,559
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Ventus OC
$519.99 £529.99 $946.63 RM 2,389
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming X Trio
$722.79 £578.99 NA RM 2,590
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER XLR8 OC Triple Fan
NA £579.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER Blower 8G NA £559.99 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER AMP Extreme NA £559.99 NA RM 2,599
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER AMP
NA £509.00 NA RM 2,379
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER Twin Fan $549.99 £489.00 NA RM 2,369

Recommended : Here Are The First GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Custom Cards!

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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) comes in a large cardboard box that doubles as a stand. Let’s take a quick look around, and see what we find inside!

The RTX 2070 SUPER package is rather basic, but for those who are still using monitors with DVI ports, the bundled DP-to-DVI dongle will be very useful.

Next Page > NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER : Hands On + Key Features

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Hands On!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has an NVIDIA TU104 GPU with 2560 stream processors.

This gives it 160 TMUs and 64 ROPS, delivering a peak output of 283 GT/s and 113 GP/s, thanks to its higher clock speeds.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz, giving it a peak memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

Even though the TU104 GPU is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology, the card only needs 215 watts of power.

 

NVIDIA Turing

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series continues to use the NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, the first to introduce real-time ray tracing capabilities and new Tensor Cores.

It also continues to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), which can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling.

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RTX 2070 SUPER Power Requirements

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2080, so it comes to no surprise that it would require 215 watts of power as well.

Like the GeForce RTX 2080, you will need a power supply with both 6-pin and 8-pin PCI Express power cables.

 

RTX 2070 SUPER Display Ports

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, each supporting up to 8K HDR resolution at 60 Hz, or 4K HDR at 120 Hz or more.

There is also a tiny USB-C VirtualLink port, which allows you to connect a VR headset. But guess what – it works like a standard USB-C port, so you can also connect any USB-C device to it!

For compatibility with older displays, there is a HDMI 2.0b port, which supports up to 4K HDR displays at up to 60 Hz… as well as a DP-to-DVI dongle, which allows you to hook it up to older monitors with a DVI port.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : Thermal Output, Noise Level + 3DMark Results

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Note : We currently do NOT have an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT card at hand, and will update our benchmark results when we get it from AMD.

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
GeForce GTX 2070 SUPER 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 56 258.9 GT/s 74 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 180.7 GT/s 96.4 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Noise Level

In case you are wondering how loud the cooler is, we recorded it running Time Spy Extreme benchmark at the 4K resolution.

Listen to how quiet its dual-fan cooler is, even when the fans are spinning at maximum speed! It is definitely quieter than the AMD Radeon RX 5700.

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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Wow! In the Time Spy test, the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 16.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a whopping 31.5% faster than the Radeon RX 5700!

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

It turned out to be about 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2060 SUPER cards, and 26% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 15.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a whopping 35% faster than the Radeon RX 5700!

And here were their overall gaming scores at 4K…

Its overall performance gap tightened a little. It was now 7% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 13% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 29% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : F1 2019 + World War Z Performance

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a really new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly (just over 2%) faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 18-19% faster than the the Radeon RX 5700 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was now 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 19% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, it was now 7% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 21% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, World War Z was CPU-limited even with the new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor. So take these results with a pinch of salt.

The GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was somehow 7% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 9-10% faster than the RX 5700 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, it was now just 3-4% faster than the Vega 64 and RX 5700 graphics cards.

On the other hand, it was 14-15% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2060 SUPER graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) tied with the Vega 64, and was just 6% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

However, it was 20.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and the Radeon RX 5700.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : The Division 2 + Strange Brigade Performance

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The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 7% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 15.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 29% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution to 1440p, it was 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 20.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 31% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 20.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 24% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 37% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 17% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 23% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

The performance gap widened at 1440p, where it was now 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 16.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 24% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we increased the resolution to 4K, it was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 15% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 17% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : Metro Exodus + AOTS Performance

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) tied with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 16% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it remained equal to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was now 8% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 17% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it continued to remain on par with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was now 17% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Vega 64 graphics cards. It was also 25% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 realtime strategy game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, AOTS is CPU-limited. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) more or less tied with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the Radeon RX 5700, and they were just 3% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Even at 1440p, it was still a little CPU limited. It tied with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and they were both just 2% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

It was, however, 9% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, we could finally see the performance difference between the eight cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was now 5% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but 4.5% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 15% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : Game Bundle, Verdict + Award, Price + Availability

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER – Summary

Coming up with the RTX SUPER cards was easy for NVIDIA. They are basically cut-down versions of existing and faster graphics cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is essentially a GeForce RTX 2080 with 384 CUDA Cores disabled, but higher clock speeds to compensate.

This allows it to be almost as fast as a regular RTX 2080, just a whole lot cheaper! In fact, that was precisely why it replaced the RTX 2080, which was $200 more expensive.

Sadly, we currently do not have an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT to compare it with, only the Radeon RX 5700.

Needless to say, the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER far outclasses the RX 5700. But until we get our hands on its true rival – the Radeon RX 5700 XT, let’s compare it against its “junior”, the RTX 2060 SUPER in our six real world game benchmarks :

  • F1 2019 : 16% faster at 1080p, 19% faster at 1440p, 21% faster at 2160p
  • World War Z : 7% faster at 1080p, 15% faster at 1440p, 20.5% faster at 2160p
  • The Division 2 : 15.5% faster at 1080p, 20.5% faster at 1440p, 24% faster at 2160p
  • Strange Brigade : 17% faster at 1080p, 16.5% faster at 1440p, 15% faster at 2160p
  • Metro Exodus : 16% faster at 1080p, 17% faster at 1440p and 2160p
  • AOTS : 3% faster at 1080p, 9% faster at 1440p, 15% faster at 2160p

Generally, we would say that GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is roughly 12-18% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Game Bundle

Like the RTX 2060 SUPER, NVIDIA is bundling TWO GAMES – Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control – with the RTX 2070 SUPER. They are worth at least $50, so that’s a really nice deal… if you like those games.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER – Our Verdict + Award

Now, there is nothing “super” about what’s really a cut-down version of the existing GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card.

What will really sell the RTX 2060 SUPER is the fact it offers a much better value proposition than the RTX 2080.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER is basically a slightly slower GeForce RTX 2080 with a $200 discount.

That means you get a card that’s fast enough for 4K gaming at 60 fps or better in ⅔ of the games we tested, at what you used to pay for a GeForce RTX 2070!

That’s sure as heck worthy of our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Nice work, NVIDIA!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER – Where To Buy

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2070 SUPER EVO NA NA $1018.02 NA
ASUS TURBO RTX 2070 SUPER EVO OC $1044.23 £569.79 NA RM 2,750
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070S Advanced $584.99 £683.64 $1121.06 RM 2,999
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming $549.99 £539.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Gaming
$629.99 £656.18 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Black Gaming NA £569.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming $519.99 NA NA NA
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX
NA NA $890.02 RM 2,348
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX Gamer Black NA NA $912.09 NA
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2070 SUPER
NA £599.99 $1059.89 RM 2,929
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Gaming OC White $749.99 £569.99 NA RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC
$529.99 £548.99 $984.44 RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Windforce OC
$579.00 £548.99 $950.71 RM 2,559
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Ventus OC
$519.99 £529.99 $946.63 RM 2,389
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming X Trio
$722.79 £578.99 NA RM 2,590
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER XLR8 OC Triple Fan
NA £579.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER Blower 8G NA £559.99 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER AMP Extreme NA £559.99 NA RM 2,599
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER AMP
NA £509.00 NA RM 2,379
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER Twin Fan $549.99 £489.00 NA RM 2,369

Recommended : Here Are The First GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Custom Cards!

 

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition Review!

NVIDIA spiked the AMD Radeon RX 5700 launch party by first teasing, and then launching the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

A cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, it comes with 2176 stream processors and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, at a $100 lower price point!

How will it match up against the new Radeon RX 5700, and its predecessor, the RTX 2060? Let’s find out!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Primer

Designed to extend NVIDIA’s performance lead against the new AMD Navi-based graphics cards, the NVIDIA RTX SUPER graphics cards are based on cut-down versions of existing GeForce RTX models.

The GeForce RTX 2060 survives to remain the cheapest RTX card you can buy, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful RTX graphics card that money can buy.

This is how the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series compares to the older NVIDIA GeForce RTX series.

Specifications RTX
2080 Ti
RTX
2080
SUPER
RTX
2080
RTX
2070
SUPER
RTX
2070
RTX
2060
SUPER
RTX
2060
GPU TU102
-300
TU104
-450
TU104
-400
TU104
-410
TU106
-400
TU106
-410
TU106
-200
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2560 2304 2176 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz 1605 MHz 1410 MHz 1470 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1770 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
TMUs 272 192 184 160 144 136 120
Min. Texture Fill Rate 367.2 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 278.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 203.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s 163.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 420.2 GT/s 348.5 GT/s 314.6 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 233.3 GT/s 224.4 GT/s 201.6 GT/s
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64 64 48
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 118.8 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 97.0 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 90.2 GP/s 94.1 GP/s 65.5 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 136.0 GP/s 116.2 GP/s 109.4 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 103.7 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 80.6 GP/s
Tensor Cores 544 384 368 320 288 272 240
RTX-OPS 76 T 63 T 57 T 52 T 42 T 41 T 37 T
Giga Rays/s 10 8 8 7 6 6 5
Memory Size 11 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 250 watts 215 watts 215 watts 175 watts 175 watts 160 watts
Launch Price $999 $699 $699 $499 $499 $399 $349

Recommended : How & Why NVIDIA Calculates RTX-OPS For GeForce RTX!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has a launch price that starts at $399 / ~£314 / ~€351 / ~RM 1,649, just $50 more than the GeForce RTX 2060.

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPERS OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899
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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) comes in a large cardboard box that doubles as a stand. Let’s take a quick look around, and see what we find inside!

As you can see, it basically comes with just a Quick Start Guide, and a Support Guide. Nothing else.

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Hands On!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has an NVIDIA TU106 GPU with 2176 stream processors.

This gives it 136 TMUs and 64 ROPS, delivering a peak output of 224 GT/s and 106 GP/s, thanks to its higher clock speeds.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz, giving it a peak memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

Even though the TU106 GPU is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology, the card only needs 175 watts of power.

 

NVIDIA Turing

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series continues to use the NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, the first to introduce real-time ray tracing capabilities and new Tensor Cores.

It also continues to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), which can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling.

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RTX 2060 SUPER Power Requirements

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, so it comes to no surprise that it would require 175 watts of power as well.

Like the GeForce RTX 2070, you will need a power supply with an 8-pin PCI Express power cable.

 

RTX 2060 SUPER Display Ports

Surprisingly, it comes with a wide variety of display options. It has two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, that allows it to support up to 8K HDR resolution at 60 Hz, or 4K HDR at 120 Hz or more.

There is also a tiny USB-C VirtualLink port, which allows you to connect a VR headset. But guess what – it works like a standard USB-C port, so you can also connect any USB-C device to it!

For compatibility with older displays, it also comes with a HDMI 2.0b port, which supports up to 4K HDR displays at up to 60 Hz… as well as a dual-linked DVI port.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 56 258.9 GT/s 74 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 180.7 GT/s 96.4 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060 120.5 GT/s 72.3 GP/s 6 GB GDDR5 192 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Noise Level

In case you are wondering how loud the cooler is, we recorded it running Time Spy Extreme benchmark at the 4K resolution.

Listen to how quiet its dual-fan cooler is, even when the fans are spinning at maximum speed!

It is definitely much quieter than the new AMD Radeon RX 5700.

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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Wow! In the Time Spy test, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, 13% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and just 6.5% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti!

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

Amazingly, it came within 2% of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was 11% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 14% faster than the RTX 2060.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was just 6.2% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

It was now 17% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 20% faster than the RTX 2060.

And here are their overall gaming scores at 4K…

Again, its performance gap closed against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the overall score – it was now just 5% slower.

It was also 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 17% faster than the RTX 2060.

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a really new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly (less than 2%) faster than the Radeon RX 5700 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it tied with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both about 12.5% faster than the RTX 2060, Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, it continued to tie with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both 13% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, World War Z was CPU-limited even with the new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor.

So take these results with a big pinch of salt. The top 5 cards – Vega 56, Vega 64, RX 5700, RTX 2060S and GTX 1080 Ti – were producing roughly the same frame rates.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, it was 21% faster than the RTX 2060, but was now 10% slower than the RX 5700 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Switching to 4K shook things up again. It now tied with the RX 5700, and they were both 6% slower than the Vega 56, 12% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 16% slower than the Vega 64.

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The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 20% faster than the RTX 2060, and 11.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution to 1440p, it was 14.5% faster than the RTX 2060, and 9% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 18% faster than the RTX 2060, and 10% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 14.6% faster than the RTX 2060, and 7.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, and 6.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it basically tied with the new Radeon RX 5700, and was 18% faster than the the RTX 2060.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly faster than the Vega 64, and tied with the new RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it now tied with the Vega 64, and was now 8% slower than the RX 5700, and 16% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it tied with the Vega 64, and they were both 14% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 7% faster than the new RX 5700.

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, AOTS is CPU-limited. The GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 3% slower than the RX 5700 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Even at 1440p, it was still a little CPU limited. The RTX 2060 SUPER was now 7% slower than the the RX 5700, and 8.5% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 9% faster than the Vega 64, and 16% faster than the RTX 2060.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, we could finally see the performance difference between the eight cards.

It was now 9% slower than the the RX 5700, and 17% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 8% faster than the Vega 64, and 18% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 56.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Summary

Coming up with the RTX SUPER cards was easy for NVIDIA. They are basically cut-down versions of existing and faster graphics cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is essentially a GeForce RTX 2070 with 128 CUDA Cores disabled, but higher clock speeds to compensate.

This allows it to be almost as fast as a regular RTX 2070, just a whole lot cheaper! In fact, that was precisely why it replaced the RTX 2070, which was $100 more expensive.

But did it do the job of killing the AMD Radeon RX 5700?

In the synthetic 3DMark benchmark, the RTX 2060 SUPER is, without a doubt, far superior to the RX 5700. But in the six real world we put them through, here is a summary of the results :

  • F1 2019 : Tie
  • World War Z : Tie
  • The Division 2 : RTX 2060 SUPER is 12% faster on average.
  • Strange Brigade : RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 1080p and 1440p
  • Metro Exodus : Tie at 1080p, RX 5700 is 8% faster at 1440p, RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 2160p
  • AOTS : RX 5700 is 3-10% faster

In other words, its real world gaming performance vis-à-vis the AMD Radeon RX 5700 really depends on the game you are playing or testing.

Generally, we would say that GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is equivalent to the Radeon RX 5700.

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Game Bundle

To fight off the challenge, AMD immediately cut the launch price of the RX 5700 to $349, which makes it $50 cheaper and therefore a better buy than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

However, NVIDIA is bundling TWO GAMES – Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control – with each RTX SUPER card. They are worth at least $50, so there goes the AMD price advantage.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Our Verdict & Award!

You can’t go wrong with either card, but what we feel will tilt many buyers to choose this card over the Radeon RX 5700 would be :

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  • The ability to support NVIDIA RTX in certain games for a more realistic gaming experience
  • The ability to use NVIDIA DLSS in certain games to improve image quality with minimal performance penalty
  • It has a much quieter two-fan cooler
  • It uses 10 watt less power
  • It only requires a single 8-pin power connector
  • It has a USB-C port and a dual-linked DVI port

Now, there is nothing “super” about what’s really a cut-down version of the existing GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. What will really sell the RTX 2060 SUPER is the fact it offers a much better value proposition than the RTX 2070.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is basically a slightly slower GeForce RTX 2070 with a $100 discount. It will deliver 16%-20% better performance than the regular RTX 2060 at just $399.

On that note, we believe it makes our grade for a Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, NVIDIA!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Where To Buy

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060S Windforce OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899

 

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Buy Radeon, Get Three Upcoming Games Absolutely FREE!

AMD just announced that gamers can get three upcoming games for FREE when they buy an AMD Radeon RX Vega, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card! So buy Radeon and get these three games absolutely FREE!

 

Buy Radeon, Get Three Upcoming Games Absolutely FREE!

Get the PC versions of the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Star Control: Origins and Strange Brigade for FREE when you buy an AMD Radeon RX Vega, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card, once the titles are released.

Fast-forward to the year 2086 to join the galactic community and feel the thrill of ship-to-ship battle in Star Control: Origins. Stand against an ancient forgotten evil power in Strange Brigade. And forge your destiny and define your own path in war-torn Ancient Greece as you live an epic adventure in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Strange Brigade will be available on August 28, Star Control: Origins will be available on September 20 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be available on October 5. The promotional period begins August 7 and expires November 3, 2018. Games can be redeemed until December 31, 2018.

This is a great time to buy Radeon! Don’t forget to share this news!

 

Some Buy Radeon Deals!

Here are some great purchase options on qualifying Radeon graphics cards.

  • ASUS Strix RX Vega 64 Gaming : $579.99
  • Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX Vega 64 : $599
  • GIGABYTE Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming-OC : $579.95
  • PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 : $599.99
  • MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 Air Boost OC : $509.99
  • XFX Radeon RX Vega 56 : $499.99
  • GIGABYTE Radeon RX Vega 56 Gaming OC : $498.99
  • PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 Red Dragon : $479.99

 

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PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Preview

AMD revealed a great many things at their Computex 2018 press conference, but the only announced product that will actually ship with immediate effect is the Radeon RX Vega 56 nano. Let’s hear from Scott Herkelman about this new graphics card, and check out the actual Vega 56 nano card, as well as its key specifications!

 

Scoot Herkelman On The Radeon RX Vega 56 nano

Here is the segment where Scott Herkelman reveals the Radeon RX Vega 56 nano graphics card, which was created and sold by PowerColor.

Basically, the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano is a small version of the regular Radeon RX Vega 56, designed specifically for mini-ITX systems. Other than its much smaller size, it has 6-pin + 8-pin power connectors, instead of dual 8-pin power connectors.

Everything else, from its performance characteristics and power consumption appears to be the same as a regular Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.

 

PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Specifications

SpecificationsPpwerColour Radeon RX Vega 56
ModelAXRX VEGA 56 NANO 8GBHBM2
GPUAMD Vega 10
Stream Processors3584
Textures Per Clock224
Pixels Per Clock64
Base Clock Speed1156 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1471 MHz
Texture Fillrate258.9~329.5 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate74.0~94.1 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB HBM2
Graphics Memory Bus Width2048-bits
Graphics Memory Speed800 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth409.6 GB/s
TDP210 W
PCI Express Power Connectors8-pin x 1
6-pin x 1
Display PortsDisplayPort x 3
HDMI x 1
Dimensions170 mm long
95 mm tall
38 mm thick
Retail Price$449 (card only)
$599 (with Gaming Station)
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The PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Up Close!

Right after the Computex 2018 press conference, we had the opportunity to check out the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano up close. Here is a video we took of the two samples AMD provided at the end of the press conference.

Interestingly, AMD actually used one of them to power the large display for their presentation.

 

Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Price + Availability

The PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano is available from 6 June 2018 onwards, with a recommended retail price of US$ 449. This is a US$ 50 premium over the regular Radeon RX Vega 56.

PowerColour is also offering a bundle with the PowerColor Gaming Station, which they’re pricing at US$ 599. The PowerColor Gaming Station alone is priced at US$ 299, so that’s at US$ 149 discount for the bundle – a really good deal!

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AMD Computex 2018 – Threadripper 2, 7nm Vega + More!

If you thought the Intel Computex 2018 press conference was impressive, the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was even more so. One by one, key AMD executives came on stage to announce and show off new AMD products.

Bam! Bam! Bam! They just kept rolling out the announcements – the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper, the 7nm EPYC CPU, the 7nm Vega GPU, and even a Radeon RX Vega nano graphics card! Get the full details below!

 

The AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference

Here is our video of the complete 76+ minute long AMD Computex 2018 press conference, followed by our pictures and comments that were posted live on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter during the event.

Dr. Lisa Su kicks off her keynote speech! @ The Westin Taipei

Cisco just announced that they’re adopting AMD EPYC processors!

HP just announced that they’re going to offer their first 1P AMD EPYC Proliant servers

Tencent CEO just announced that they’re offering AMD EPYC-powered SA1 cloud service!

Scott Herkelman takes over from Dr. Lisa Su to talk about Radeon and gaming.

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Acer’s Jerry Hou shows off the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop powered by 2nd Gen Ryzen and Radeon RX graphics.

Scott Herkelman reveals the new Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano graphics card

Jim Anderson begins his talk on the Ryzen processor family.

Kevin Lensing starts showing off new Ryzen Mobile laptops.

Ray Wah talks about Dell’s adoption of Ryzen Mobile processors in their Inspiron laptops.

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AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference Part 2

ASUS’ Marcel Campos shows off a Ryzen Mobile laptop with… wait for it… an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU… LOL 

Jerry Hou talks about Lenovo’s Ryzen Mobie laptops

The 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadrilpper will have up to 32-cores and 64-threads. It’ll be available in Q3 2018!

Jim Anderson shows off the new 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processor… with a delidded example.

David Wang talks about the world’s first 7nm GPU.

Introducing the AMD Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm!

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Want to see how fast the 7nm Radeon Instinct is? Wait for our video!

The new 7nm AMD Radeon Instinct is sampling now and will launch in 2H 2018!

Dr. Lisa Su announces that EPYC processor will be shrunk to 7nm.

The AMD EPYC processor Lisa held is an early sample, with sampling in Q2 and a target launch in 2019.

The 7nm EPYC processor with the 7nm Radeon Instinct Vega.

Jim Anderson with the new 2nd Gen Threadrippers!

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The Official AMD Computex 2018 Press Release

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 6, 2018 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU product leadership during a live-streamed press conference at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2018. AMD provided a first look at the performance of upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPU products slated for launch in 2018, 12nm 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores slated for launch in Q3 2018, and unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices. AMD also announced four EPYC processor milestones: immediate availability of EPYC processors through Tencent Cloud Services, a new HPE single-socket system, details of its first Cisco UCS server platform, and that the next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome”, will begin sampling in 2H 2018.

“At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the strongest CPU and GPU product portfolio in the industry gets even stronger in the coming months,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “Our upcoming 7nm and 12nm products build on the momentum of our Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors, positioning AMD to lead the next generation of high-performance computing in markets from premium devices and gaming to machine learning and the datacenter.”

 

AMD Computex 2018 Client Compute Update

  • AMD delivered the first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family—featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads. 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads.
  • AMD showcased its broadest portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics. Newly introduced systems from partners include:[adrotate group=”2″]
  • Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
  • ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
  • Dell’s latest Inspiron series including Inspiron 13” 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15” 5000 notebooks and Inspiron 7000 gaming desktop
  • HP Envy x360 13” and Envy x360 15” notebooks
  • Huawei MateBook D 14” notebook
  • Lenovo Yoga 530, IdeaPad 530S, 330S and 330 notebooks
  • AMD also continued to expand and improve upon the AM4 desktop ecosystem for Ryzen desktop processors with the announcement of AMD B450 chipset-based motherboards. Optimized for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, B450 chipsets, designed to offer a superb balance of features, performance, and value, will be available from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Graphics and Gaming Update

  • AMD showcased the first public demonstration of its Radeon Vega GPU based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacenter applications.
  • AMD announced that 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has started sampling to initial customers and will launch in both server and workstation form factors for key compute use cases in 2H 2018.
  • AMD also revealed:
  • Radeon RX Vega56 “nano” graphics card from PowerColor that enables small form factor enthusiast gaming performance,
  • the latest Radeon FreeSync technology adoption with Samsung’s 80” QLED TV for tear free and smooth gameplay directly from a Radeon RX graphics card equipped PC or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console,
  • Freesync support with HDR now available in Ubisoft’s recently launched and popular AAA game Far Cry 5.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Server Update

AMD announced growth in its EPYC processor engagements including:

  • The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack.
  • The all new HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one socket server for virtualization and software-defined storage applications with up to 27% lower cost per virtual machine than the leading two-socket competitor.
  • Immediate availability of the EPYC based SA1 Tencent Cloud Service
  • The next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome” and featuring Zen2 architecture, is now running in AMD labs and will begin sampling to customers in the second half of this year, ahead of launch in 2019.

 

Partner Quotes

“Acer is excited to partner with AMD on the Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook featuring 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 processors, Radeon RX Vega56 graphics, and a built in 17.3-inch display supporting Radeon FreeSync,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “It’s a gaming beast that offers superior desktop-class gaming performance in a notebook, built for graphic-intensive AAA titles.”

“ASUS is dedicated to delivering the most innovative hardware for gamers of all levels,” said Marcel Campos, ASUS Global PC & Phone Marketing Senior Director. “We’re excited to announce the new ASUS X570ZD, the first laptop in the world to pair AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics for gaming on the go. If it’s productivity you’re after, the ASUS X505ZA laptop is powered by a choice of AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics to give you the performance you need.”

“Dell is excited to continue implementing AMD’s Ryzen and Radeon solutions across a variety of products, including the latest Inspiron notebooks and Inspiron Gaming Desktops,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Consumer and Small Business Product Group. “AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics deliver the responsiveness and performance users want and the performance in creative and productivity apps they need.”

“HP’s focus on design and engineering is delivering uncompromised style, performance and versatility to our customers,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer PCs, HP Inc. “And we are delivering unrivaled premium PC experiences on the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors, including the HP ENVY x360 13 – the first 13-inch convertible with the AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics and the HP ENVY x360 15 for incredible multi-tasking performance.”

“AMD EPYC has enabled HPE to pack more performance into an efficient server design, removing the need for a second processor and reducing TCO for our customers. The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 allows customers to achieve dual-processor performance in a versatile single-socket server,” said Justin Hotard, vice president and general manager, Volume Global Business Unit, HPE. “By providing up to 32 processor cores, 2 terabytes of memory and more fully utilizing 128 PCIe lanes of I/O, we have set the bar for single processor virtualization performance, and with HPE OneView, customers can optimize their applications and dramatically speed deployment of new virtual machines.”

“As a first venture with AMD, Huawei is excited to be working with AMD to integrate the latest Ryzen mobile processors featuring Radeon Vega Graphics into Huawei’s MateBook D.” said Michael Young, General Manager of Xunwei technology. “The Huawei MateBook D is designed to provide superior performance and sleek design for users at work and play.”

“In the past, great computing performance with practical portability wasn’t always accessible,” said Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s Consumer PCs and Smart Devices. “The Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330 and 330S laptops and Yoga 530 convertible 2-in-1 are designed to change that. Built with the latest AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics, these laptops offer consumers more choice – enabling mobile computing to meet nearly any budget.”

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FREE Far Cry 5 with every Radeon RX Vega graphics card!

Hurray! AMD will now provide a FREE Far Cry 5 licence with every purchase of the Radeon RX Vega 64 or Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card from authorised dealers and retailers! Here are the full details!

 

Far Cry 5

Deemed as one of the most exciting games in 2018, Far Cry 5 (Price Check) delivers endless fun as you roam through an open world to liberate Hope County, Montana from dictatorial ruling! For maximum gaming pleasure, it deserves a top-of-the-range graphics card like the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) or Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check).

Far Cry 5 costs US$ 59.99 / RM 209, but now you can get Far Cry 5 (Price Check) absolutely FREE!

 

How To Get Your Free Far Cry 5

Step 1 : Purchase an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) or Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) from any authorised dealer or retailer from 1 May 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Step 2 : Obtain your free Far Cry 5 redemption code card from the dealer or retailer *

Step 3 : Download your free Far Cry 5 game from the AMD Rewards website with the redemption code and enjoy!

* If you had earlier purchased an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 or Radeon RX Vega 64 but did you receive your redemption code, check with your retailer or dealer ASAP.

 

Free Far Cry 5 Promo Availability

The AMD Free Far Cry 5 promo is available across the globe – North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Note that in some of these regions, you may qualify for the free Far Cry 5 (Price Check) licence if you purchase an AMD Radeon RX 580 (Price Check).

 

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

After AMD launched the Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards, everyone expected a response from NVIDIA. That came in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti just 6 weeks later.

Based on the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slides in between the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070, which saw a price cut. The Pascal microarchitecture is more than 1.5 years old, but don’t knock it – it still packs a potent punch!

In fact, we end up giving the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition our Editor’s Choice Award! Read our review and find out why!

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specifications Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) against the other two cards based on the GP104 GPU – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104
CUDA Cores256024321920
Textures Per Clock160152120
Pixels Per Clock646464
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1607 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s244.3~255.8 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s102.8~107.7 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit256-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
TDP180 W180 W150 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$449$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) comes in a really nice cardboard box that doubles as a display stand. Not that anyone would actually leave the card there just for display!

Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Quick Start Guide
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Support Guide
  • Limited Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX case badge

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Up Close

Let’s take a quick close-up look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check), and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check).

Like the GeForce GTX 1070, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti comes with a dual-linked DVI port, in addition to the usual suspects – three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b ports.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) has a TDP of 180 W, and requires a single 8-pin PCI Express power cable. It also supports the SLI HB (High Bandwidth) bridge for two-way SLI pairing.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was designed to be the ultimate expression of NVIDIA’s gaming vision. Hence, they crafted it with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminium-framed shroud for strength, rigidity and looks.

Aesthetics aside, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features vapour chamber cooling and has 2x the surface area.

It also boasts a 7-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies. Coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators, they deliver better power efficiency and overclocking headroom.

 

The Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) uses the NVIDIA GP104 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the power-efficient Pascal architecture, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 180 W.

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition, and compared it to the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, as well as the older GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

With a TDP lower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, it’s not surprising to see the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti producing a lower exhaust temperature.

 

The Noise Level

Of course, the lower exhaust temperature might be due to a more powerful, and therefore, noisier, fan. Let’s see how noisy the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition fan really is…

In the video above, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was recorded while it was running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. At the very beginning, you can hear it spool up as the benchmark begins.

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 388.31 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.3 for the AMD graphics cards.

 

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It came in between the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and the Vega 56 (Price Check), and was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070 were both roughly between the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and the Radeon Vega 56 Price Check) in performance.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) pulled away with the higher resolution. At 1440p, it was 11% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, matching the Radeon RX Vega 56 in performance. It was just 12% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check).

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for flagship graphics cards.

At this resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was 11% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, matching the Radeon RX Vega 56 in performance. It was now 13% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check).

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was just 1.6% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 2.7% slower than the Vega 64 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards have a big advantage in AOTS, thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At 1440p, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was virtually equal to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and the Vega 56 in performance. It was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At the 4K resolution, the Radeon RX Vega 64‘s higher memory bandwidth allowed it to pull away from the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti by 4%. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, in turn, was now 7% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 19% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070!

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

All six graphics cards were so fast, they were CPU-limited at this resolution. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was just 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and the Vega 56 has a big advantage here due to their support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the 1440p resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) matched the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was faster by 7%.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this 4K resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) pulled ahead of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), beating it by 6.4%. and the GeForce GTX 1070 by 10%. The Radeon RX Vega 64 remained faster, with the performance gap dropping slightly to 6.5%.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was really fast in this test, delivering average frame rates in excess of 110 fps! This made it practically as fast as the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 11% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) and the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) were the only cards capable of delivering an average frame rate in excess of 75 fps. In fact, their minimum frame rates were higher than the average frame rates of the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was practically as fast as the Radeon RX Vega 64, 10% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 14% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The 4K resolution in The Witcher 3 is really tough on graphics cards, practically halving their frame rates. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) were the only cards to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 40 fps at this resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti continued to keep up with the Radeon RX Vega 64, and was 11% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 14% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) actually edge out the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) by 2%. It was also 16% faster than both Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) continued to edge out the Radeon RX Vega 64 by about 2%. It was now 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 20% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 4K resolution in For Honor is a real frame rate killer. Even the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti could not deliver an average frame rate of 40 fps.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 4% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 22% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all six cards did well, delivering average frame rates far in excess of 60 fps. Notably, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check), GeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) were so fast, their frame rates never dropped below 60 fps.

Thanks to Asynchronous Compute and the CPU limit at this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 was 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. But the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti managed to beat the Radeon RX Vega 56 by 4%, which makes it about 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, every graphics card took a massive hit in their frame rates. But the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was now the fastest card in this comparison.

At this resolution, it was 8% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 24% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

When the resolution was increased to 4K, even the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) took a large hit in its frame rate. Even so, it managed to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 40 fps.

At this extremely high resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was 6% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 23% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Our Verdict & Award

Many critics of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) say that it is a pointless addition to the GeForce 10 Series family. We beg to disagree.

Built on the same NVIDIA GP104 GPU as the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070, it is not meant to beat the AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) continues to maintain a comfortable performance lead.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is really designed to challenge the AMD Vega cards from a price-performance POV. Take a look at this comparison :

Models Texture Fill Rate Pixel Fill Rate Memory Memory Bandwidth TDP Current SRP
Radeon RX Vega 64 319 GT/s
396 GT/s
80 GP/s
99 GP/s
8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s 295 W $499
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 244 GT/s
256 GT/s
122 GP/s
128 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s 180 W $449
$449 (FE)
Radeon RX Vega 56 259 GT/s
330 GT/s
74 GP/s
94 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 410 GB/s 210 W $399
GeForce GTX 1070 181 GT/s
202 GT/s
96 GP/s
108 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s 150 W $379
$399 (FE)

As our Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 reviews have shown, they are both best used for 1440p gaming. The Radeon RX Vega 64 is faster, no doubt, but it is not fast enough for 2160p gaming.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slides right in between them in price and performance. It offers Vega 64-level (or better) performance in DirectX 11 games, and Vega 56-level (or better) performance in DirectX 12 games.

But what most people miss is that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers the same performance with much lower power consumption. It uses 14% less power than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and a whooping 39% less power than the Radeon RX Vega 64.

With minimal effort, NVIDIA just introduced a graphics card for 1440p gaming that is significantly cheaper than the Radeon RX Vega 64, with comparable performance, and significantly lower power consumption… and thermal output.

Instead of being a pointless model, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers one of the most compelling upgrade options for gamers who are looking for a good graphics card for 1440p gaming.

That’s why we think the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Price Check

In addition to the Founders Edition, there is a wide variety of third-party models. You can check their prices and availability here :

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No, There Was No GeForce GTX 1070 Price Cut!

With the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, rumours have been swirling around the GeForce GTX 1070. Some say NVIDIA is dropping it from the market. Others say that there is a GeForce GTX 1070 price cut. However, the rumours are all false. It is very much alive, and NVIDIA has no plans to cut its price.

Yes, you read that correctly – there was no GeForce GTX 1070 price cut. Not now, not even back in March. NVIDIA never announced any price adjustments of the GeForce GTX 1070.

In this article, we will clarify the history and price cuts of the NVIDIA GeForce 10 Series graphics cards. Please share this out so people won’t get confused by the earlier reports of a GeForce GTX 1070 price cut.

Updated @ 2017-11-02 : Added The History of GeForce 10 Series Prices. Clarified the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut rumours.

Updated @ 2017-10-31 : Added a clarification by NVIDIA on the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut. Updated the article with the new details, and some corrections.

Originally posted @ 2017-10-29

 

Was There A GeForce GTX 1070 Price Cut? Updated!

When NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on 28 February 2017, they also announced price cuts for the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition and GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition. At that time, it was mentioned in many articles that NVIDIA also cut the prices of the regular GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 cards.

Those articles are only partly true. The fact is only the regular GeForce GTX 1080 received a price cut. There was no GeForce GTX 1070 price cut, even back in March 2017.

Coming to the present, and the release of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, there is no accompanying GeForce GTX 1070 price cut either. The GeForce GTX 1070 remains priced at $399 (Founders Edition) with a base price of $379.

Factoid : $499 was the original price of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, when NVIDIA launched it on 10 June 2016. The base price for the GeForce GTX 1070 was $379, and has remained so until today.

Even without a price adjustment, the GeForce GTX 1070 and the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti brackets the Radeon RX Vega 56, which is priced at $399. Here’s a quick comparison of their key specifications and prices.

Models GPU Cores GPU Clock Texture Fill Rate Pixel Fill Rate Memory Memory
Bandwidth
Current
MSRP
Radeon RX
Vega 64
4096 1247 MHz
1546 MHz
319 GT/s
396 GT/s
80 GP/s
99 GP/s
8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s $499
GeForce
GTX 1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244 GT/s
256 GT/s
122 GP/s
128 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s $449 (F Ed.)
$449
Radeon RX
Vega 56
3584 1156 MHz
1471 MHz
259 GT/s
330 GT/s
74 GP/s
94 GP/s
8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s $399
GeForce
GTX 1070
1920 1506 MHz
1683 MHz
181 GT/s
202 GT/s
96 GP/s
108 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s $399 (F Ed.)
$379

As always, take a look at The Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide for more specifications!

 

The History Of GeForce 10 Series Prices New!

With help from Bryan Del Rizzo, Global PR Manager, NVIDIA GeForce, here is a table that summarises the history of the GeForce 10 Series prices.

Models Launch Date Launch Price Price Cut Date Current Price Difference
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Founders Edition
10 March 2017 $699 Never $699
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 10 March 2017 $699 Never $699
GeForce GTX 1080
Founders Edition
27 May 2016 $699 28 February 2017 $549 $150
GeForce GTX 1080 27 May 2016 $599 28 February 2017 $499 $100
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Founders Edition
2 November 2017 $449 Never $449
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 2 November 2017 $449 Never $449
GeForce GTX 1070
Founders Edition
10 June 2016 $449 28 February 2017 $399 $50
GeForce GTX 1070 10 June 2016 $379 Never $379
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Founders Edition
19 July 2016 $299 Never $299
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 19 July 2016 $249 Never $249
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 18 August 2016 $199 Never $199
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 25 October 2016 $139 Never $139
GeForce GTX 1050 25 October 2016 $109 Never $109
GeForce GT 1030 17 May 2017 $80 Never $80

As you can now see, only three GeForce 10 series graphics cards were ever discounted – the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, the regular GeForce GTX 1080, and the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition. They saw price cuts from $50 to $150.

 

Bracketing The Vega 56

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Although many critics say that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is pointless or stupid, it actually makes a lot of sense for NVIDIA. With the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut, gamers now face these options :

This puts the Vega 56 in the unenviable position of losing to the GTX 1070 Ti in performance, and losing to the GTX 1070 in price.

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Details Revealed! Rev. 5

Ever since AMD launched the Radeon RX Vega family of graphics cards, NVIDIA was expected to respond with a new graphics card (or two), or a price cut. As we revealed last month, NVIDIA decided to introduce the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to take on the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check).

Now get the full details on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti here – from the initial leaks to the final specifications, and launch price.

Updated @ 2017-10-31 : Added nine additional GeForce GTX 1070 Ti models and their prices [7].

Updated @ 2017-10-28 : Added the final details and pictures of the Founders Edition [6], and updated the launch prices. Also added some purchase links [7].

Updated @ 2017-10-23 : Added the ASUS ROG teaser puzzle [5].

Updated @ 2017-10-22 : Added a new page with pictures and specifications of the leaked GALAX [3] and KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti [4] graphics cards.

Updated @ 2017-10-07 : Added the confirmed launch and availability dates, as well as additional specifications [1]. Updated the specification comparison [2].

Originally posted @ 2017-09-23

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is targeted at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. It is designed to comfortably beat the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), with a 12.5% price premium. NVIDIA has made available the photos of the Founders Edition :

Here is a summary of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti’s key features:

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  • It uses the same NVIDIA GP104 GPU used in the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070.
  • It has 2432 CUDA cores, with 152 TMUs (Texture Mapping Units), and 64 ROPs.
  • It has a base clock speed of 1607 MHz and a boost clock of 1683 MHz.
  • It has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2002 MHz (8008 MHz QDR).
  • It has the same TDP of 180 W as the GeForce GTX 1080, 30 W higher than the GeForce GTX 1070.
  • The Founders Edition has a recommended retail price of US$ 449, US$50 more than the Radeon RX Vega 56.
  • It was revealed on 26 October 2017, with availability on 2 November 2017.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specifications

Here is a comparison table to show how the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti compares against other GeForce 10 Series graphics cards.

Models GPU
Cores
GPU Clock Texture
Fill Rate
Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX
1080 Ti
3584 1480 MHz
1582 MHz
331.5 GT/s
354.4 GT/s
130.2 GP/s
139.2 GP/s
11 GB
GDDR5X
484 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1080
2560 1607 MHz
1733 MHz
257.1 GT/s
277.3 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
110.9 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5X
320 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244.3 GT/s
255.8 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070
1920 1506 MHz
1683 MHz
180.7 GT/s
202.0 GT/s
96.4 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256 GB/s

And how does it compares against the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics cards? Take a look :

Models GPU
Cores
GPU Clock Texture
Fill Rate
Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX
Vega 64
4096 1247 MHz
1546 MHz
319.2 GT/s
395.8 GT/s
79.8 GP/s
98.9 GP/s
8 GB
HBM2
483.8 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244.3 GT/s
255.8 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256.0 GB/s
Radeon RX
Vega 56
3584 1156 MHz
1471 MHz
258.9 GT/s
329.5 GT/s
74.0 GP/s
94.1 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
409.6 GB/s

For more specifications, take a look at The Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Price & Availability

Earlier, we were told that the launch price would be US$ 429. However, NVIDIA decided in the end to introduce the premium Founders Edition at US$ 449 – the same launch price as the GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check).

This makes the Founders Edition about US$ 50 more expensive than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), but the “regular” version should be priced around US$ 379. Of course, the actual street prices will be somewhat higher, and there will be different overclocked versions offered at higher prices.

This lower price point means a price cut for the GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check), which despite rumours to the contrary, is still listed and sold on NVIDIA’s website.

As we leaked earlier, NVIDIA officially revealed the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on 26 October 2017, with the cards only shipping from 2 November 2017 onwards.

Read more about the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Purchase Links

If you are looking to buy one, here are some purchase links to get you started. Technically, these are currently pre-order links, because the cards will only ship on 2 November.

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  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti : $499.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti SC Gaming ACX : $469.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Gaming : $499.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming : $489.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Duke : $469.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming : $489.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium : $489.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini : $449.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition : $469.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme Edition : $499.99

We will add more as we find them, so do check back later.

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The Halloween Leak

Our availability leak was somewhat confirmed by a GIGABYTE leak (caught by Hexus) that hinted at a launch around Halloween (31 October).

Screenshot credit : Hexus.net

The now-removed teaser image showed an AORUS graphics card with the word Ti (the title of the horror movie It flipped) scrawled in red. There was even a red balloon lifting a $100 bill from a wallet, alluding to the money you will save with this card…

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ASUS ROG Teased The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti!

The ASUS ROG team decided to get in on the action by releasing this puzzle on Twitter as a teaser (thanks, Cedric Samonte!). Obviously, the answer is 1070 Ti.

 

Two GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Cards Leaked!

The specifications and pictures of the GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX and GALAXY GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White graphics cards have just been leaked.

Both GALAX cards will have a 1607 MHz base clock, a 1683 MHz boost clock and come with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit interface and a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s. Curiously, their specifications list a maximum TDP of 150 W, which is most likely a typo.

 

 

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The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX Pictures & Details Leaked!

Just a week before the official announcement, KFA2 leaked the details and pictures of the upcoming KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX graphics card. Take a look!

The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX specifications confirm what we revealed earlier. It will have a 1607 MHz base clock, a 1683 MHz boost clock and come with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit interface and a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s.

The pictures also confirm that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will have both 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors, which further proves that the TDP is 180W, not 150W as listed in the GALAX cards’ specifications.

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Here are additional photos that KFA2 “accidentally” released of the card. Unfortunately, the page has now been taken down…

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 – Future-Proofed 1440p Gaming!

The road to Vega has been a rather long one. We first saw the AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in December 2016. Not unlike a baby, it took AMD nine months to give birth to the AMD Radeon RX Vega. Today, we are going to take a close look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics card. Let’s see how it performs!

 

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Specifications Compared

This table compares the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) against those of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080AMD Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUNVIDIA GP104Vega 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP104
Stream Processors2560409635841920
Textures Per Clock160256224120
Pixels Per Clock64646464
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1247 MHz1156 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1546 MHz1471 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate257~277.GT/s319~396 GT/s259~330 GT/s181~202 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s79.8~98.9 GP/s74.0~94.1 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB HBM28 GB HBM28 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width320-bits2048-bits2048-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory Speed1250 MHz945 MHz800 MHz2000 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320.0 GB/s483.8 GB/s409.6 GB/s256.0 GB/s
TDP180 W295 W210 W150 W
Retail Prices$499
($599 at launch)
$499$399$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

 

Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) comes in a massive and heavy cardboard box. Let’s unbox it and see what is inside this giant box!

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When you unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics card.
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega booklet
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega holocube
  • One AMD Vega GPU sample
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega wrist band
  • Two large AMD Radeon RX Vega case stickers
  • Two small AMD Radeon RX Vega case stickers

AMD clearly had their fans in mind when they created this package. The AMD Vega GPU sample, in particular, was a very nice touch.

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The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Up Close

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) looks exactly like Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check). In fact, the only way to tell them apart is a small label at the back of the card. Let’s take a quick tour of the Vega 64 up close!

AMD dumped the dual-linked DVI port starting with the Radeon RX 480. So it’s no surprise to see that the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) lacks a dual-linked DVI port. It has three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0b port instead.

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The Vega 64 Power Consumption

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) uses the Vega 10 GPU with 12.5 billion transistors fabricated using the 14 nm FinFET process technology. That’s 500 million transistors more than the NVIDIA GP102 GPU powering the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Even though it’s using a finer process technology than NVIDIA, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has a significantly higher TDP of 295 W45 W (18%) more than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

AMD equipped the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors for a peak power draw of 375 W. This will come in handy if you intend to overclock, although keeping the GPU cool will be a challenge.

 

GPUTach

There is a GPUTach LED light strip right next to the two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which tells you the GPU load at a glance. There are two switches nearby that allows you to turn it on or off, and switch between the red and blue LED colours.

 

The Vega 64 Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1080 TiGeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 580 graphics cards. Take a look.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

With its higher TDP, it’s no surprise that the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has the highest exhaust temperature in this comparison – 2.8 °C higher than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 5.4 °C higher than Vega 56 (Price Check).

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The Vega 64 Noise Level

Needless to say, you will be wondering about the noise level of the more powerful cooler used to keep the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) cool. In this video, we recorded the Radeon RX Vega 64 running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at the 4K resolution.

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) did well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 22% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. But it was outclassed by the phenomenal GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 35%.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards.

While the GeForce GTX 1070 beat the Vega 56 (Price Check) by 10%, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) had a comfortable 13.6% lead over the GTX 1070. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 26% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At 1440p, the Vega 56 overtook the GTX 1070 by 10.5%, while the Vega 64 (Price Check) extended its performance lead to 26% over the GTX 1070, and 14% over the Vega 56 (Price Check). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 30% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for high-end graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) held its place at this extremely high resolution, maintaining its 14% lead over the Vega 56 (Price Check), and slightly extending its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 to 27.5%. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 28% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

Thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute, both the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) beat even the vaunted GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 4.7% and 3.5% respectively. They were also faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 by 10% and 9% respectively.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti‘s pixel fill rate advantage allowed it to creep past the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards were now 9% and 7.4% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At this ultra-high resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti gained a small 4% performance advantage over the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and 16% over the Vega 56 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards were 24% and 11% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

Total War : Warhammer is another game that supports Asynchronous Compute. This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, most fast graphics cards are CPU-limited. Thanks to Asynchronous Compute, both the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) were able to beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 8% and 6.5% respectively, and the GTX 1070 by 10% and 9%.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this higher resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was now right in between the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance, with a small 3% gap either way. The two AMD Vega cards were now 8% and 1.5% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

This ultra-high resolution proved too much for the AMD Vega cards, with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti the only card capable of delivering an average frame rate above 60 fps. The GTX 1080 Ti was now 41% faster than the Vega 64, and 60% faster than the Vega 56.

On the other hand, the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) cards were 17% and 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, but 27% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the Vega 64’s performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 dropped slightly to 15%. It was now 32% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this Ultra HD resolution. the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) maintained its 15% performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070. It was now 35% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which was the only card to maintain an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the Vega 64 (Price Check) was 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check) and GTX 1070. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 39% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Vega 64 (Price Check) was 14% faster than the GTX 1070, and 17% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 43% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this Ultra HD resolution, even the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti could not maintain an average frame rate above 60 fps. But it was now 43% faster than the Vega 64. The Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was now 12% faster than the GTX 1070, and 17% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

Mass Effect: Andromeda is another game that supports Asynchronous Compute. This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

All six cards did well, delivering average frame rates in excess of 70 fps. In fact, the higher-end cards – the GeForce GTX 1070 onwards – were obviously CPU-limited at this resolution.

Thanks to Asynchronous Compute, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was able to beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 7%, albeit at this low resolution. It was also 11% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 12% faster than the GTX 1070.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti barely registered a drop in its average frame rate, allowing it to leapfrog over the Radeon RX Vega 64 and beat it by 26%. The Vega 64 (Price Check) was now 7% faster than the GTX 1070, and 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Increasing the resolution to 4K UHD greatly sapped the average frame rate of all six cards. Only GeForce GTX 1080 Ti managed to achieve an average frame rate of about 60 fps. It was now 48% faster than the Vega 64 (Price Check).

The Vega 64, on the other hand, was 10% faster than the GTX 1070, and 16% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

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Our Verdict

Ever since we saw AMD Vega running DOOM, we had such high hopes for it. The success of the AMD Ryzen family of processors only buoyed that optimism. However, the AMD Vega turned out not to be the Pascal-killer we thought it would be.

On paper, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has considerable advantages over even the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It has a 34% advantage in texture fill rate, and a 51% advantage in memory bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti only beats it in pixel fill rate by 20%.

In real life though, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was significantly slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti… unless the game supports Asynchronous Compute. In those DirectX 12 games, the Vega 64 actually beats the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, albeit at lower resolutions.

Of course, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti costs more than the Vega 64, but it bears reminding that numbers on paper do not always translate into real world performance. It also showcases how important certain software features are in delivering better performance.

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At $499, the Vega 64 (Price Check) is frankly a bit overpriced, because it is, on average, 13% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), which is $100 (20%) cheaper! The price would become even harder to justify when NVIDIA launches the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for just $429.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 also has the disadvantage of a significantly higher power consumption at 295 watts. It also requires at least a 750W power supply with two 8-pin PCI Express power cables.

That said, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) is a step in the right direction. It is about 51% faster (on average) than the Radeon RX 580, which is based on the last generation AMD Polaris architecture. It may not have met our overly high expectations, but it is still a big improvement.

If you want a graphics card for 1440p gaming today, the Vega 56 (Price Check) or GTX 1070 offer better value. But if you want a graphics card for 1440p gaming with more headroom for future games, then the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) makes sense.

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AMD Retires CrossFire & Limits mGPU Capability

When AMD announced the ability to run two Radeon RX Vega cards simultaneously, they conspicuously called it mGPU (short for multiple GPU) instead of the far more familiar CrossFire. That’s because they are retiring the CrossFire brand in favour of the generic mGPU moniker. They also limited the mGPU capability. Find out why!

 

End of the road for AMD CrossFire

The first AMD Polaris-based graphics card, the AMD Radeon RX 480, was showcased in Computex 2016 with Raja Koduri showing off its CrossFire performance in Ashes of the Singularity. But when AMD released the Radeon RX Vega family, they did not mention any CrossFire support.

In fact, the AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards was only capable of running as single cards until the release of Radeon Software 17.9.2. It also represented the end of the road for AMD CrossFire. With this release, AMD officially abandoned it for mGPU.

Why? Here is AMD’s response when they were asked that very question by Brad Chacos of PCWorld :

CrossFire isn’t mentioned because it technically refers to DX11 applications.

In DirectX 12, we reference multi-GPU as applications must support mGPU, whereas AMD has to create the profiles for DX11.

We’ve accordingly moved away from using the CrossFire tag for multi-GPU gaming.

This is a surprising turn of event because the CrossFire brand goes all the way back to 2005. Almost 12 years to the day, as a matter of fact. That’s a lot of marketing history for AMD to throw away. But throw it all away, they did.

Nothing has changed though. They just decided to call the ability to use multiple graphics cards as mGPU, instead of CrossFire. In other words – this is a branding decision.

AMD will continue to use CrossFire for current and future DirectX 11 profiles, but refer to mGPU for DirectX 12 titles.

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Limited mGPU Capability

AMD is also limiting the mGPU support to just two graphics cards. The 4-way mGPU capabilities that top-of-the-line Radeon cards used to support have been dropped. The AMD Radeon RX Vega family are therefore limited to two cards in mGPU mode :

Gamers can pair two Radeon RX Vega 56 GPUs or two Radeon RX Vega 64 GPUs

This move was not surprising. Even NVIDIA abandoned three or four card configurations with the GeForce GTX 10 series last year. With fewer games supporting multi GPUs and interest in power efficiency burgeoning, the days of 3-way or 4-way multi GPUs are over.

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AMD Finally Enables Radeon RX Vega CrossFire!

Ever since AMD Radeon RX Vega was launched, there have been questions about support for Radeon RX Vega CrossFire. After all, running two Radeon RX Vega cards greatly increases performance for gaming. Now the wait is over. AMD has finally enabled CrossFire for Radeon RX Vega!

 

AMD Radeon RX Vega CrossFire Is Here!

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While the AMD CrossFire mode was enabled for earlier graphics cards (e.g. Radeon RX 480 CrossFire), it was not possible to use two Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in CrossFire mode. That ends with the release of Radeon Software 17.9.2.

With Radeon Software 17.9.2, you can now pair two RX Vega 56, or two RX Vega 64 graphics cards to greatly boost performance.

For some reason, AMD no longer calls this feature CrossFire, just the plain “multi GPU“. But unless they are permitting the combination of more than two graphics cards later, they should call it “dual GPU“. We think it would have been easier and better to stick with CrossFire. Every techie / gamer worth his / her salt knows what CrossFire means.

 

AMD Radeon RX Vega CrossFire Performance

Now, you may be wondering – how much of a performance boost can you expect with AMD Radeon RX Vega CrossFire?

AMD shared this slide with us. It shows the results of the benchmarks performed at the AMD Performance Lab. According to their tests, running two RX Vega 64 graphic cards in CrossFire mode (okay, multi GPU mode) delivers more than 80% faster performance in Far Cry Primal, Metro Last Night Redux, Sniper Elite 4 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review – 1440p Gaming FTW!

The road to Vega has been a rather long one. We first saw the AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in December 2016. Not unlike a baby, it took AMD nine months to give birth to the AMD Radeon RX Vega. Today, we are going to take a close look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics card that is designed to take on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. Let’s see how it performs!

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Specification Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 against those of its rival, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

SpecificationsAMD Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUVega 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP104
Stream Processors409635841920
Textures Per Clock256224120
Pixels Per Clock646464
Base Clock Speed1247 MHz1156 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1546 MHz1471 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate319.2~395.8 GT/s258.9~329.5 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate79.8~98.9 GP/s74.0~94.1 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB HBM28 GB HBM28 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width2048-bits2048-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory Speed945 MHz800 MHz2000 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth483.8 GB/s409.6 GB/s256.0 GB/s
TDP295 W210 W150 W
Retail Prices$499$399$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Up Close

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) looks exactly like the AMD Radeon RX 480, just longer. It has the same black shroud design that debuted with that Polaris-based card.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 still offers a dual-linked DVI port, but the AMD Radeon RX Vega skips that for three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0b port.

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Power Consumption

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) uses the Vega 10 GPU with 12.5 billion transistors fabricated using the 14 nm FinFET process technology. Even though it’s using a finer process technology than NVIDIA, the extra 5.3 billion transistors need more power.

Hence, the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) has a TDP of 210 W60 W (40%) more than the GeForce GTX 1070. On a watt per transistor basis, this makes the Radeon RX Vega 56 is 24% more efficient than the GeForce GTX 1070. Of course, what matters more is power efficiency on a watt / performance basis.

Curiously, AMD equipped the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) with not one, but two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors for a peak power draw of 375 W.

Incidentally, there is a GPUTach LED light strip right next to the two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which tells you the GPU load at a glance. There are two switches nearby that allows you to turn it on or off, and switch between the red and blue LED colours.

 

The Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Take a look.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Despite its much higher TDP, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56’s exhaust temperature is just slightly higher than that of the GeForce GTX 1070. That is likely because it uses a more powerful fan with a larger heatsink.

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The Noise Level

Needless to say, you will be wondering about the noise level of the more powerful cooler used to keep the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) cool. In this video, we recorded the Radeon RX Vega 56 running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at the 4K resolution.

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 51% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 57% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in the two graphics tests, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 by 8-12%. Curiously, it ended up slower than the GeForce GTX 1070 in the combined test results.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was about 10% faster in the graphics tests, and matched it in the overall score.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for high-end graphics cards.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did even better, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 in the graphics tests. It still tied with the GeForce GTX 1070 in the overall scores though.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 107028% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 34% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the performance gap between the Radeon RX Vega 56 and the GeForce GTX 1070 narrowed to 7.5%.

On the other hand, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was now 39% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 45% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well, pulling away from the GeForce GTX 1070, with an 11% performance advantage. It was also 50% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 52% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, most fast graphics cards are CPU-limited. Even so, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) is able to beat the GeForce GTX 1070 by 9%. Not bad.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.